Review: Avatar: The Promise Part 2 by Gene Yuen Lang

Filed in 4 Stars , Gene Luen Yang , Review , The Winged Lover Posted on November 21, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 2 comments

Format read: paperback
Release Date: 4 April 2006
Length: 76 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Formats available: paperback
Purchasing Info: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK)

Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko continue the story right where the TV series left off! Aang and Katara are working tirelessly for peace when an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei over Fire Nation colonies within the borders of the Earth Nation threatens to plunge the world back into war! Meanwhile, Sokka must help Toph prepare her hapless first class of metalbending students to defend their school against a rival class of firebenders! Written by Eisner winner and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and drawn by Gurihiru (Thor and the Warriors Four), this is the adventure Avatar fans have been craving!

My thoughts:
The Promise part 2 was just as good as the first installment, although the cracks are beginning to appear.

Zuko’s father is in his ear, whispering words about honour and strength and what it means to be a leader. So when he reneges on his agreement to disband the fire nation colonies in the earth kingdom Aang and Katara must deal with the uproar and ensuing riots. Toph and Sokka have their own problems to deal with in the form of a battle between her metal-bending students and the former fire masters students, the winners being pronounced the occupants of the school.

The second installment of The Promise was again entertaining, but the characters I fell in love with on the screen and the characters in these comic books are starting to separate. Toph was the main character I found this to be happening with in her dialogue. Her repetivtive use of “lily-livers” in reference to her students just didn’t fit. Toph should be an entertaining character and in Avatar she was constantly coming up with new names for people, but even more than that in The Promise it just feels forced.

I can’t pinpoint if it’s the comedic aspect that is having a hard time transferring to the page or if the writers are losing their touch but the dialogue was jerky and strained, and it will have to be something that I will be looking for when I read the third installment of this trilogy.

Aside from Toph’s dialogue and a few other characters occasionally have an awkward moment I enjoyed The Promise Part 2 immensly. Once again I felt transported back to an episode of Avatar and the continuation of their adventures.

This series has opened my eyes up to a whole new genre and although I am sticking to my comfort zone at the moments and looking at graphic novel adaptations (Vampire Academy and True Blood) I am slowly but surely getting caught up in the magic of this genre. I am eagerly anticipating the conclusion to this story and the beginning of many new ones.

I give The Promise Part 2 4 stars.

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About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • Izz November 22, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I used to watch this tv series and my favorite character was Zuko, never read the book version, though. :p

    • Amanda April 23, 2013 at 2:11 am

      this carries on after the series finishes 🙂

      its really good

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